Jabeur becomes first Tunisian woman to make WTA final

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MOSCOW:  Ons Jabeur made history yesterday when she became the first Tunisian woman to reach a WTA final by seeing off Latvian fifth seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Jabeur, ranked 101st in the world and who came through qualifying, prevailed in one hour 37 minutes.

“This is really amazing and I’m really happy. I gave it all today, and it wasn’t easy because she plays really good,” said 24-year-old Jabeur, who unleashed 45 winners on her way to victory. “Maybe I was too relaxed in the second set. At the end, I stayed calm. It was a little bit frustrating because I missed some easy balls, but I said I was just going to play my game, and if it goes, it goes.”

In Saturday’s final, Jabeur will face sixth-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia, last year’s runner-up, who put out Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-3. “They’re both playing good, so I hope they fight for four hours,” Jabeur said. “The best win is that there is a Tunisian in the final.” Jabeur lost her only career meeting against Kasatkina at the Rio Olympics in 2016. —Agencies

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